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Sweet and Sour Chicken

Like many food bloggers, before I started my own I followed and cooked from many food blogs. But of course none of them were documented other than a printed copy of the recipe with my changes or thoughts written around the margins. While digging through said stack of printed recipes (before I discovered the glory of saving recipes as PDFs), I rediscovered this recipe for sweet and sour chicken.

Growing up, sweet and sour chicken was my absolute favorite Chinese option. Probably because it had pineapple and no icky vegetables – oh how much my tastes have changed! Later down the road, when I found this recipe it had been quite a while since I had had a plate of my childhood favorite. Both then and the most recent time I’ve cooked it I really enjoy that it does not require a vat of hot oil to fry the chicken. You do first fry it in a little canola oil but then let the oven to the rest. The sauce caramelizes a bit over the chicken giving you a tender center and a slightly crispy exterior – just the way it should be.

Need further validation? Qing asked me where I got it from when I brought the leftovers in for lunch. She couldn’t believe I made it and after letting her try it she said it tasted authentic too!

Sweet and Sour Chicken

Also some fun news. Yesterday my dissertation finally cleared all it’s checks and was approved for publishing. Additionally I’ve completed all my Ph.D. requirements (aka paperwork) and have been approved for graduation! Not that I didn’t think it would happen but what a relief that it’s all done. Now all I have to do is clean up a couple new experiments to appease the reviewers of my research paper submission to be published (oh and find that thing called a J-O-B). Don’t worry I’ll let you know when I’m pubmed-able ;-).

One year ago: Scooter’s Spaghetti
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Turkey Sloppy Joes with Kale Chips

I hope you all had a fabulous pre-holiday weekend. My family does most of the celebratory activities tonight and will probably see Les Miserables tomorrow since we already saw the Hobbit over the weekend (woohoo!). But last week I made these sloppy joes using ground turkey for my brother’s birthday (with my early Christmas present – my first All Clad ccopper core pan!).

I have a weakness for anything involving kale chips so I was super excited for the opportunity to cook these. Especially since I knew Kate would enjoy them as well.  It was pretty quick and easy to make but the recipe originally directs you to let the sauce simmer at the end until reduced by half. However I found there wasn’t enough sauce to want to reduce it any at all! In fact I ended up adding a little more ketchup and Worcestershire sauce and just heating it through, so the recipe reflects my changes. Maybe if you don’t drain the tomatoes you would have a juicer sauce that would need reduction? No matter, they still came out great!

Turkey Sloppy Joes

One year ago: German Pancakes

Two years ago: Chocolate Gingerbread Sandwich Cookies
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Pineapple Burgers

First off, I wanted to thank every one of you for all the wonderful birthday wishes. I had a great (and tiring) weekend, filled with too much food and staying up way past my bedtime. Weekends are always much too short, especially birthday weekends when friends like Becky come to visit. But definitely had plenty of fun to make up for not going to the Beale St Music Fest for the first time since I moved here 5 years ago (cannot believe it’s been that long).

But on to this burger. Many burgers I have encountered that include pineapple, merely have it as a layer in the toppings. But this burger is special – it is stuffed with an entire ring of fresh pineapple. There is even a sweet and tangy sauce to top it off.

That bun is purely for decoration only. Sure it’s real but I didn’t touch the thing. I grew up without eating these burgers on a bun because, well, the recipe never says anything about a bun! And honestly, I love this burger without any silly bun. But I included it anyway because a burger patty sitting on a plate by itself isn’t very photogenic.

Random question, do you spell it ketchup or catsup? Cause my mom totally spelled it catsup on the written recipe card I have and I never knew she and I spelled it differently then me.
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BBQ Chicken Burgers

So far I am pleasantly surprised with the meals and desserts I have  made with what is already stocked in my kitchen. But I had to cave on buying ground chicken in order make these burgers. They have been on my cooking “to do” list for too long. Besides, I had some leftover root beer pulled pork begging for a purpose and used it instead of what I assume was supposed to be dry pulled pork in the ingredient list. Sometimes I think I am really good at finding new life to leftovers.

Mine didn’t come out looking nearly as gorgeous as Tara’s from Smells Like Home (maybe it’s the lack of BBQ sauce oozing down the sides), but it’s what’s inside that counts! Which just so happens to be yummy deliciousness.

BBQ SAUCE

Ingredients:

1/2 cup ketchup

1/4 cup molasses

2 Tbsp very finely chopped (or grated) onion

2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

2 Tbsp Dijon mustard

2 Tbsp cider vinegar

1 Tbsp brown sugar

Hot sauce, to taste

Directions:

  1. Combine all sauce ingredients in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat.  Cook the sauce about 7 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally.  The sauce should be reduced down to approximately 1 cup.  Remove from heat and allow to cool.  Refrigerate until ready to use.  The sauce will keep, refrigerated, for about 1 week.

BURGERS

Ingredients:

1 lb ground chicken

1/2 cup crumbled cornbread or 1/4 cup cornmeal

1 scallion, minced

1 Tbsp minced fresh cilantro

1/2 tsp paprika

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp dry mustard

1/2 tsp kosher salt

Pinch cayenne

2 tsp brown sugar

2/3 cup chopped pulled pork

5 tbsp BBQ sauce, divided

Red onion slices

Sharp cheddar cheese, sliced

Additional BBQ sauce

Hamburger buns (I used Deli thins, just because that’s what I had)

Directions:

  1. Prepare grill*.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the chicken, cornbread, scallion, cilantro, paprika, garlic, mustard, salt, cayenne, brown sugar, pork, and 2 tablespoons of the bbq sauce.  Lightly but thoroughly mix with your hands to incorporate all the ingredients.  Add the remaining 3 tablespoons of BBQ sauce to a small bowl.
  3. Form the mixture into 4 equal-sized patties.  Brush the grates of the grill with olive oil.  Place the burgers and onions on the grill, and cook the burgers 5-6 minutes, then flip.  Turn the onions as well.  Brush the cooked sides with half the reserved BBQ sauce.  After 3-4 minutes, flip the burgers again. glazing the other side with the remaining BBQ sauce.  Place a slice of cheese on each patty, and lay the buns, cut side down, on the grill.  Close the lid and allow the cheese to melt and the buns to toast.
  4. Remove all the food from the grill, assembling the burgers as desired.  Serve with additional BBQ sauce if desired.

*I do not have a grill, but the George Foreman worked just fine.

Source: Smells Like Home, originally from Pink Parsley and Annie’s Eats.

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